Get the work-study facts
When your school approves your federal work-study job, you'll be assigned a job that fits around your class schedule (studies always come first). Most of the jobs the program offers are paid on an hourly basis and you're usually on campus.
If you work on-campus, you'll usually work for your school. Jobs can involve anything from helping out in the financial aid office to working in the student cafeteria, being a research assistant, or even driving the college shuttle bus.
If you work off-campus, your employer will usually be a private non-profit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest. Some schools might have agreements with private for-profit employers for work-study jobs. These jobs must be relevant to your course of study.
Work-study program requirements
To qualify you need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your completed FAFSA application can help make you eligible for federal financial aid programs including work-study.
Remember that, unlike other financial aid programs, federal work-study gives you an actual job (and a paycheck) where you have to work to earn your money.
Apply early for federal work-study because it’s part of your overall financial aid award. Schools that participate in the program award eligibility for work-study jobs on a first-come, first-served basis.